Catedral Primada, Toledo

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The centerpiece of the city and one of only three High Gothic cathedrals in the country, Catedral Primada was constructed using white limestone brought here from numerous quarries in the surrounding area. For many visitors, the highlight is the sacristy, with its impressive gallery packed with paintings by El Greco, Caravaggio, Titian, Rafael, Zurbarán, and Velázquez. Begun in 1226 on the site of an ancient mosque, the imposing building was modeled after the Bourges Cathedral in France. Its monumental interior features heavy columns dividing the space into five naves, with several side chapels containing exquisite gold reliefs, huge oil paintings, and portraits of cardinals going back at least 500 years. Photography is strictly forbidden inside, though you can access the bell tower to snap a few shots of the historic city center. Plan to see Catedral Primada and other attractions that appeal to you using our Toledo trip itinerary builder website .
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  • An impressive example of Baroque mixture, with a lot of gold, art and warheads. Without words to the frescoes.
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  • I have visited many cathedrals and churches making us tourism, but it must be said that it is one of the most beautiful cathedrals I have visited. The details of painting, sculpture and architecture are amazing. Also since you pay the entry, unless you enter the audio guide and not sell it you to part as in other monuments.
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  • For the lovers of architecture website compelled step. The Cathedral of Santa Maria, also called Primate Cathedral of Spain, is a Catholic Church of Gothic architecture in Toledo, considered by some to be the opus magnum of this style in Spain. The worst price, understand that we must preserve our heritage (but not at the expense of taxpayers) an entry so high for some people (retirees, students, etc) is a cost enormous... but that is another "history"
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